I can’t believe that I actually purchased this tea in August and have only gotten around to trying it now. I think I pretty much bought out much of the store when I first discovered David’s, and then quickly learned about the nine million other fabulous tea companies out there and then bought everything I could find in a frenzied rush. So yeah, I hadn’t tried this one until today. In the bag, this smells pleasant, but had I not known this was cranberry pear (and I often don’t, given that people don’t make, like, talking or Braille labels) I wouldn’t have guessed that this tea had either cranberry or pear in it. But yeah, smelled nice. A bit odd, but nice. When I scooped a heaping spoonful into my cup, I realized that this tea’s got a lot of dried fruit in it, which some may love but I found a bit dismaying. I like the magic to be in the leaves if possible, because, I don’t know, I worry that fruit alone can’t really…flavour hot water all that well. So i scooped in some more tea bits and settled down to let it brew.
You know, I liked this tea more than I expected to. It sort of has a vague, sweet, almost almondy feel to it (or maybe I was just imagining that), and perhaps the delicate flavours were overwhelmed by my usual cream and sugar, but I could not detect the black base at all, which is almost always a shame. It tasted decent enough, although certainly a bit one-dimensional. I may or may not finish out the package, but I know someone else will in the event that I don’t.